Classical Spotlight

 

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Sir Neville Marriner turns 90 today!
Sir Neville Marriner turns 90 today. The founder of The Academy of St. Martin-in-Fields has been honored by several countries for his music-making. And tonight we hear him conduct the ensemble he...
Sarasota studio - Live Performance: La Musica International Chamber Music
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival is underway and three of the festivals very well-known musicians will stop by our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio for a live performance on...
The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years
Kronos Quartet is celebrating 40 years of playing music together. Since their founding, the San Francisco-based string quartet has become one of the most visible ensembles in classical music.
Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos'
Valentina Lisitsa's new Chasing Pianos features Michael Nyman's music for the Oscar-winning film The Piano. In Lisitsa's more than capable hands Nyman's music shines in all its simple, emotional and...
The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin
The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $...
 

Public Arts: Classical Music

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams, whose music is rich with references to and concern about nature, won for his orchestral Become Ocean. The jud...
Seventy-five years ago, Marian Anderson made history when she sang to crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial. The Daughters of the American Revolutio...
Tighter regulations on ivory coming in and out of the U.S. could have a profound impact on musicians who travel with antique instruments....
 

WSMR Music Programs

Evening Masterwork

Each weeknight at 7:00 PM join Susan Giles Wantuck for some of the best music ever written. Music that’s good enough to earn the title “Masterwork.” Listen for full length performances and large scale works like Carmina Burana, Mahler Symphonies, some new recordings and music that will be performed in our local concert halls. A full masterwork is featured each weeknight at 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and in Tampa at 103.9.

Russell Gant, Classical Music Director

Each weekday morning listeners enjoy classical music with insight and wit provided by Russell Gant. He finds the interesting stories and history that makes this music come alive. Find out how relevant classical music can be added to your life by listening each weekday morning starting at 8:00 AM.

Bethany Cagle

Join Bethany Cagle every weekday at 12:00 Noon for your favorite classical selections. Bethany adds a superb touch of class to the station, and brings you the interesting stories behind the music. Listen as you go about your busy day. You’ll find Bethany is the perfect companion on the radio.

Susan Giles Wantuck

The end of the day is a combination of wrapping up and winding down! Join Susan Giles Wantuck afternoons beginning at 4:00 PM for lively and relaxing music on your way home or as you prepare for evening. Susan brings the perfect mix of music and information for your dinner hour, and a little later, the Evening Masterwork at 7:00 PM. The music will always help you wrap up, unwind and relax – a perfect way to end each day.

Sunday Baroque allows you an opportunity each week to explore Baroque and early music (written before 1750). Composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel were the cornerstones of this era, with masterpieces including the Water Music, Royal Fireworks Music, and the Brandenburg Concertos.

Sunday Baroque celebrates the current wealth of recorded repertoire available, with great performances by yesterday's and today's best performers.

SymphonyCast is a two-hour weekly program featuring a full-length concert by a national or international symphony orchestra. Concerts are drawn from Europe's leading ensembles, along with U.S. orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra.

 

Performance Today from American Public Media

This week's contestant is Doug G. from Georgetown, KY....
This week's contestant is Andy Zerman from New York, NY....
This week's contestant is Eileen Pollock from New York, NY....
 

WSMR National Programming

From the Top

Now in its tenth season, From the Top, with host Christopher O'Riley, is a weekly radio series that showcases the nation's most outstanding young classical musicians. Each one-hour program presents pre-collegiate musicians in live performances that are combined with lively interviews, unique pre-produced segments, lighthearted sketches and musical games.

Performance Today

Performance Today is a two hour weekday program which features classical music in concert from American Public Media studios and sites across the nation and around the world, as well as classical music news, interviews and features. Fred Child hosts each weekday, and brings you some of the most remarkable live concert performances…sometimes within hours after they were performed!

Song Travels debuted on WUSF Sunday 3.16.14. Song Travels is hosted by the renowned “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Michael Feinstein. As host, Feinstein uncovers the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another, each changing the other through the course of a lifetime. For Feinstein, American music is really a travelogue, with art that exits only because it has traveled through artists’ lives, generation, and passions. From jazz, blues, and classical to rock, pop, and country, Song Travels builds a bridge across genres, songs and songwriters.

 

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NPR Highlights

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Early music specialist Jordi Savall explores different periods and cultures, mashing them together for surprising results. His new project finds fruit...
We're guessing some yoga and Pilates classes preceded a round of musical and physical one-upwomanship that's gone viral....
Join tenor Ian Bostridge, conductor Ton Koopman and other singers, conductors and scholars for a guided tour of Bach's sacred masterpiece, first heard...
Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams, whose music is rich with references to and concern about nature, won for his orchestral Become Ocean. The jud...
An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled high with ambition, self-reflection and fear. Conductor Marin Alsop shares her approach to M...
 

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